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At Venice, he’ll premiere one of our most-anticipated films of fall, the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds documentary One More Time With Feeling, and now it looks like we’ll be getting another Andrew Dominik film sooner than expected. After developing his Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde for the better part of the last decade, it looks like things are finally coming together.
Buried at the bottom of an interview with Anne Thompson, Dominik confirms rumors that Netflix is backing the film, with New Regency Pictures and Plan B previously on board. While Jessica Chastain was previously set to star, and Naomi Watts before her, Dominik says neither are attached anymore and that he’ll cast a new actress, to be announced this January.
- Jordan Raup
After watching Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees, I’m convinced that composer Mason Bates was shown a completely different movie to score. How else can you explain the gentle woodland nymph-y aesthetic that Bates favors as Matthew McConaughey stumbles frantically around Aokigahara, otherwise known as The Suicide Forest?!
Last time I checked, suicide forests weren’t happy-go-lucky camping sites, and actor Ken Watanabe wasn’t a magical forest creature. The Sea Of Trees is such a strange, bi-polar fever-dream, far beyond Bates’ ill-fitting – and never ceasing – musical accompaniment, but it’s a damn good place to start. Then we can get to how a famed location known for unspeakable sorrow is barely characterized and defined, as yet another movie wastes Japan’s deadliest landmark.
McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, an adjunct college professor who buys a one-way ticket to the Aokigahara forest. Arthur can’t bear to live another day alone, »
- Matt Donato
New trailers for Rings, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea make our weekly news round-up!New trailers for Rings, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea make our weekly news round-up!Adriana Floridia8/26/2016 3:27:00 Pm
This week, there were new trailer for every kind of movie lover.
For horror fans, we finally got our first look at the follow up to the classic, The Ring, with Rings. For fans of musicals, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (which is all of us, we'd presume), there was a new trailer for La La Land. Fans of thrillers will love the new trailer for Kidnap, starring Halle Berry. If you like your movies more dramatic and potentially heart-wrenching, we also got new trailers for Sully, Manchester by the Sea and Lion.
Check out our trailer round-up below!
- Adriana Floridia
Prior to being voted the best film of the 21st century in a BBC poll this week, the 2001 movie claimed the number one spot on “Best of the Decade” polls from Film Comment, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), Reverse Shot, and IndieWire. The BBC list polled 177 film critics from 36 countries around the world.
Ironically, “Mulholland Drive” wasn’t originally conceived as a movie at all. The project started as a television pilot that Lynch shot in 1999 that was rejected by ABC. French producers Pierre Edelman and Alain Sarde put up additional funds for Lynch to finish the project as a feature film in 2000 through StudioCanal. Tony Krantz, another producer on the movie who had previously packaged the director »
- Graham Winfrey
Few films in recent history have gotten off to as rough a start as Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees.” The drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts was loudly booed following its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it scored a 0.6 out of 4.0 on Screen’s festival jury rankings, the lowest score in 12 years. IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn called the movie a “stunning misfire” and Van Sant’s worst film.
Based on a spec script from Chris Sparling (“Buried”), the movie follows a suicidal widower (McConaughey) whose plan to end his life in the forest near Mount Fuji is derailed when he encounters a Japanese businessman lost in the same woods and close to death.
“The Sea of Trees’” disastrous introduction to the world »
- Graham Winfrey
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, year-old Covert Media has launched Lexica Films as an international sales label for foreign-language feature film titles for the worldwide marketplace.
Covert is aiming to launch five-ten films per year through Lexica and will also be handling English-language remake rights, in many cases. Covert’s president of international, Liz Kim Schwan, will lead the division.
“Broadening our reach into foreign language films is a natural step for Covert Media and we are proud to announce the Lexica label,” said CEO Paul Hanson. “The quality and commercial appeal of these films from some of the most talented filmmakers from all corners of the world enables us to expand the range of the distinctive projects we can offer to the worldwide marketplace.”
The first title announced under the new label is disaster film “Earthquake,” which will be presented to buyers in Toronto. Covert is handling all international sales outside of Russia, »
- Dave McNary
We’re now deep into the McConaissance folks. Yes, in the last few years, we’ve seen Matthew McConaughey really make the leap to the next stage of his career, shaking up the industry in the process. With this week marking the release of his new film The Sea of Trees, I wanted to take a look at his best work to date. Even before I started tackling heavier fare, he was someone I enjoyed, but that’s only grown these days. Whether in supporting or lead roles, he’s a unique and talented actor with a lot to offer. The years to come will be very exciting, both for us and for him… The Sea of Trees is a drama about a pair of suicidal men looking for a way out of a forest in Japan. One is Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), the protagonist, while the other is Takumi Nakamura »
- Joey Magidson
The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narrative Rube Goldberg machines where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and worst possible way. Its protagonist is Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), a science adjunct who buys a one-way ticket to Japan so he can kill himself in Aokigahara, the notorious “suicide forest” at the base of Mount Fuji, only to have his plans upended by Takumi (Ken Watanabe, miscast), a magical salaryman who stumbles out of the bushes with slashed wrists and a bad case of second thoughts. So off they go, the two would-be suicides, trying to find a path out of the dark wood on an odyssey of bad monologues, misguided contrivances, and lengthy flashbacks about Arthur’s alcoholic wife, Joan (Naomi Watts). As it turns out, there is something worse than Nicholas Sparks, the king of morbid romantic »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Paramount has released the first trailer for Rings, the third installment of the popular horror franchise that launched in 2002 with The Ring starring Naomi Watts. From director Javier Gutierrez comes the return of Samara and the cursed tape that strikes terror to those who press play, which leads to their demise after seven days. “You’ve opened up a door, now no one is safe,” a mysterious man warns after a young woman sacrifices herself to the video in order to save her… »
Well, another entry to the terrifying franchise is here to keep you up at night: Rings just released its first trailer, and it looks just as horrifying as we would expect. Everyone’s favourite spooky drowned child Samara is back, and this time she’s determined to strike terror into the hearts of as many people as possible.
Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, and Johnny Galecki star in Rings, which finds its protagonist discovering a “movie within the movie” that supposedly kills the viewer seven days after watching it. Of course, very bad things begin »
- Amanda Wood
When the The Ring first hit theatres back in 2002, it was something of a horror phenomenon. Telling the story of a mysterious videotape that killed anyone who watched it, the Naomi Watts-starring film brought in $249.3 million at the box office and spawned a rather mediocre sequel. Still, the hunger for more from the franchise never quite died down and now, Paramount is back with Rings.
Starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio, the first trailer for the threequel dropped tonight and as expected, it’s awfully creepy and promises a chilling ride. Continuing on with what we saw in the last two films, both Samara and the mysterious videotape are back for more fun, except this time, it’s discovered that “there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before.”
Judging by the first trailer, it »
- Josh Wilding
Reboots and franchise sequels are everywhere right now. With surprise announcements of secretive projects like what happened with Blair Witch this summer during Comic-Con, the stakes are high for your attention and fans of horror are no exception. After years of waiting, a certain interlude with a particular creepy character named Samara has come to an end. Paramount Pictures has released the very first trailer for Rings, the third movie in the beloved horror franchise started by The Ring in 2002.
Make no mistake. Rings is a sequel, not a remake, nor a reboot. Hitting theaters on October 28, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that »
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
A successful investment banker writes a series of letters to a customer complaints representative following the death of his wife.
Julia Mitchell (Heather Lind), in the driving seat, is talking to her husband Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), about the leaking fridge. Davis is distant, unaware of the tools he received from a relative two Christmases ago, or even of the leaky fridge. Despite the clearly marked post-it note inside, he retorts in dismissive quips. Suddenly, a car crashes into them and the film goes to black. The unscathed Davis awakens, slumped in the hospital waiting-room, and is approached by father-in-law-cum-firm manager Phil Eastwood (Chris Cooper), as they’re informed of Julia’s passing. Davis numbly reacts with indifference and rises to the vending to purchase a packet of peanut M&Ms. »
- Matthew Lee
A poll conducted by BBC Culture found “Mulholland Drive” to be the greatest movie of the 21st century, after surveying 177 critics from 36 countries. Related: Top Fan-Demanded Movies And Shows The winning film stars Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts in a 2001 mystery/crime film. It earned David Lynch an Oscar nomination for Best Director. […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi wrote the script for Studiocanal and the Picture Company. The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing. Collet-Serra will also serve as executive producer along with his Ombra Films partner Juan Sola.
“The Commuter” centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Wilson will portray a trusted friend of Neeson’s character and Farmiga will play a mysterious woman »
- Dave McNary
A clip should give us a small taste that makes us want to see the movie it’s from. Unlike trailers, clips can’t be manipulated with mood and music, which is why sometimes they are jarring and don’t work out of context. But not this clip.
This clip from The Bleeder has it all. It’s like a short film with a complete story. Even if you knew nothing about the movie, you’d still get a full portrait of two of its character. One is a philandering husband (Liev Schreiber), the other is his wife (Elisabeth Moss) catching him in flirting with another woman in a diner. We know the setting because of the spot on accent from Moss. And watching Moss talk we understand a lot about this marriage.
- Murtada Elfadl
Netflix has cast a golden god. Billy Crudup will star opposite Naomi Watts in the Gypsy TV show for Netflix. The psychological thriller drama is a departure for Crudup. It marks the actor's first TV series work since a 1987 one-off appearance in General College. His only other TV work was playing Timothy Geithner in the 2011 HBO TV movie, Too Big to Fail. Gypsy is slated for a 2017 premiere date.In Gypsy, Crudup will play the husband of Jean Holloway (Watts). She is a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients' lives. The 10 hourlong-episode drama series hails from Universal Television, Working Title, and writer Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Rubin and Liza Chasin executive »
Billy Crudup has committed to his biggest TV role yet with Netflix’s “Gypsy,” Nickelodeon has picked up 13 additional episodes of “Mutt & Stuff,” and Discovery Channel has acquired U.S and international rights to documentary film “Huntwatch” in today’s TV news roundup.
Billy Crudup has joined Naomi Watts in Netflix’s “Gypsy” Variety has confirmed. The 10-episode series will follow Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous relationships with people who are involved in her patients’ lives. Crudup will play Watts’ husband, Michael Holloway, who navigates their twisted and complicated marriage as well as his own morally gray relationships. Watts will executive produce the series alongside creator Lisa Rubin and “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the first two episodes of the series.
Haley Strode, who recently had an arc on ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has booked a guest role on the upcoming CBS legal drama “Doubt,” Variety »
- Lamarco McClendon
Crudup (Watchmen) will star opposite Watts in Netflix’s 10-episode drama Gypsy, per The Hollywood Reporter. Premiering in 2017, Gypsy follows Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who develops intimate, troublesome relationships with the people closest to her patients.
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Crudup will star as Jean’s husband Michael, who “navigates their twisted and complicated marriage as well as his own morally gray relationships.”
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
This festival season there are a handful of boxing films such as “Hands of Stone” and “Bleed For This” that will aim to Ko the competition. Add to that list Philippe Falardeau’s “The Bleeder,” which stars Elisabeth Moss and Liev Schreiber as the heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner.
The first footage of the sports drama, which will be screened at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, has just dropped and features a killer performance by Moss.
In the clip, the actress, who portrays Wepner’s second wife Phyllis, catches her husband chatting with another woman who doesn’t know he is a married man.
Read More: Toronto Film Festival 2016: What Films Will Contend For Oscar Gold After Tiff Premieres
- Liz Calvario
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